Roland believed in compassion, generosity, and the brotherhood of man. Naturally, he was labeled as a lunatic by society at large.
Despite the book's disclaimer that the author doesn't care about typos, etc. (and I personally dont care much about them either) I took a half-star away for the sheer quantity of them. But then another half-star was added because the author (according to the jacket) is a wolf and as such it must be fairly difficult to type (although, from the author photo, I would say he looks more like a German Shepherd).
What I loved about Roland was the raw emotion and the non-traditional viewpoint of Roland's life that we are given. Rather than following typical "rules" of writing, and giving us perfectly timed plot-points and carefully paced story-lines, Roland is presented as small snippets describing various aspects of Roland's life. If you were to empty a case file of a psychotic, paranoid schizophrenic... well, you just might find this book.
It read like a series of short-stories, and I found myself skipping ahead and reading chapters out of order. It remained enjoyable nonetheless, and is a testament to how a writer needn't always follow form to create an excellent book.
A small warning: it is not for the easily offended or weak-of-heart. Or maybe it is, as the book is full of keen observations about human fallacy that hold some value, even if the lessons may be painful to some.
My only real criticism is that the intensity of those lessons may be too much. That is, the book may hold more value if the observations were handed to us more subtly, making us think about them each a bit more. For example, the following was given a whole chapter, although it could have presented in a much more subtle way:
"The people who surrounded the water cooler recognized the joke and recognized its affiliation with the TV program. They didn't recognize Fred Bartlett's cleverness because there wasn't any, but they recognized what they generally accepted in place of cleverness and so they laughed. Not because they were moved to laugh, but because the moment called for it."
By harping on a point for too long, the "Unconsidered Negative Effects of TV Imprinting" becomes something overly associated with the insane Roland and is therefore less of a statement about our true society.
Overall, I would recommend this to anyone who likes to think for themselves, doesn't mind some blunt and often negative energy, and who appreciates the quirkiness of true independent writing.